And here’s the latest, a perfectly honorable Seattle Police Chief lured into an impossible job, with no hope of useful outcome.
March 11, 2009, 1:35 pm
Seattle Police Chief Selected as Drug Czar
By David Stout
Stephen Crowley/The New York Times Vice President Biden announced that Seattle Police Chief R. Gil Kerlikowske will head the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Update | 2:51 p.m. R. Gil Kerlikowske, the police chief of Seattle, was chosen on Wednesday to be the White House “drug czar,” signaling a shift in emphasis from arrest and prosecution to intervention and treatment.
The selection of Mr. Kerlikowske, which had been expected, was announced by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who said Mr. Kerlikowske understands that “combating drugs requires a comprehensive approach that includes enforcement, prevention and treatment.”
Some things change, some things don’t and our seemingly endless, fruitless, mindless ‘war’ on America’s penchant for sniffing, smoking and injecting various foreign substances goes on.
A century from now, we may look back at this failed episode in American history and wonder how we ever were convinced to throw so much at so few to benefit almost no one.